Using Mobile Phones for Nutrition Surveillance: A Review of Evidence

Abstract

This report sets out to critically review the evidence base on the impact of using mobile phone technology for nutrition (and other) surveillance. By doing so, the report can offer a starting point for international donors, local practitioners and others who consider the application of mobile phones to facilitate surveillance. The evidence review also aims to identify gaps in the current knowledge base and to highlight areas where future research and analysis are necessary.

The review will begin by critically examining the extent and quality of existing evidence on the impact of using mobile phone technology for nutrition surveillance and surveillance in related sectors.

Drawing on the identified evidence base, the review will then assess: 1. whether mobile phones have the potential to improve the effectiveness of surveillance with regards to timeliness, costs, data quality, data analysis and visualisation; and, 2. whether the use of mobile phones can influence/strengthen the empowering effect of nutrition (and other) surveillance. This is followed by a summary of evidence on (3) challenges and (4) enabling factors for a successful implementation of mobile phone-based surveillance systems.

Citation

Barnett, I.; Gallegos, J.V. Using Mobile Phones for Nutrition Surveillance: A Review of Evidence. Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK (2013) 32 pp. [IDS Evidence Report No. 1]

Using Mobile Phones for Nutrition Surveillance: A Review of Evidence

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